Pakistan committed to eliminate terrorism: Nawaz

LONDON: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday reiterated that Pakistan was fully committed to eliminate menace of terrorism from its soil and would never allow use of its territory against any country, including Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister, who is on a three-day official visit to the United Kingdom on the invitation of Prime Minister David Cameron, had a meeting with his British counterpart here at 10 Downing Street and discussed matters of bilateral interest, the regional situation as well as other issues of international importance.

Nawaz Sharif recalled the visit of British Premier to Pakistan last year and said he was here to reciprocate the sentiments expressed by David Cameron for Pakistan during his visit.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan had suffered a lot due to the menace of terrorism and extremism, and was determined to tackle it, which was also a part of its national policy formulated recently.

He also appreciated the continued support and assistance by the DFID UK to the country and said the people of Pakistan were grateful to such support for development.

David Cameron warmly welcomed Nawaz Sharif and reiterated UK’s all-out support to Pakistan in its pursuit to strengthen economy and achieving socio-economic development.

He also backed the Pakistani government’s efforts in combating terrorism and extremism.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the current level of bilateral ties in various areas, including trade and economy, and renewed their commitment to further strengthen these relations.